Here is a PowerPoint presentation by Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. which is very educational, indeed. His presentation is on Charter Change and the nature of parliamentary versus presidential, and unitary versus federal.
Charter Change MBC-1.ppt
Here is a PowerPoint presentation by Christian Monsod:
CSM presentation ver3-1.ppt
In it, he explains not only his opposition to Charter Change as proposed, but also indicating the need to find a peaceful, constructive, solution to the political crisis. I have told him both privately and in meetings (as well as other people) that I find myself agreeing with many, if not most, of his proposals. We differ on a couple of things: he says there hasn’t been People Power because people don’t support it or no longer believe in it -I only partially agree: I do think people believe that it’s the instrument of last resort, and with no clear alternatives in sight, people think it’s too risky; we also disagree on the President’s “end game” -he thinks her only interest is in lasting until 2010; I remain convinced she has no option but to stay in office beyond that, not only because by so doing, she would keep her enemies at bay, but because she is thoroughly convinced at this point, that she is only one qualified to lead (include the personal “to hell with all of you!” feeling a survivor like her must have by now).
But in my case, whatever differences in opinion I might have with Monsod’s views shouldn’t detract from his larger message, which is, that the public have firmly demonstrated their opposition to extreme solutions -transitional councils, coups, a dictatorship- and their dislike for Charter Change is it’s being attempted at present.
Do we want Charter Change? Then elect a Constitutional Convention. An end to the crisis of legitimacy? You don’t need the surveys to realize there are only three Constitutional options: resignation (which requires the President’s agreement), impeachment (prevented so far); a snap election, which is a pretty popular solution, is possible, but getting the President and others to agree might take a convincing statement from the electorate, say in the 2007 elections.
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